Dick Polman

Dick Polman

Opinion contributor Dick Polman, a veteran national political columnist based in Philadelphia and a Writer in Residence at the University of Pennsylvania, writes at His work appears on Mondays on the Capital-Star's Commentary Page. Readers may email him at [email protected]


America’s post-midterm forecast is sunnier than we dared to dream | Dick Polman

By: - November 14, 2022

As right-wing pundit Erick Erickson pointed out, Trump 'saddled the GOP with a lot of clunker candidates.'


Correcting the record on President George H.W. Bush | Dick Polman

By: - October 17, 2022

No, President Trump, the records aren't yours. They're ours. And can you at least let Poppy Bush rest in peace?


What will Ron DeSantis learn — if anything — from Hurricane Ian? | Dick Polman

By: - October 3, 2022

Florida is a red state condemned to consequences. And its flat-earth Republicans have long been determined to keep it that way.

(Image via Cagle Cartoons)

With Trump’s Mar-a-Lago stash, every picture tells a story. This one writes itself | Dick Polman

By: - September 5, 2022

The Trump camp has only itself to blame for the release of that evidentiary photo.


For America’s best lawyers, Trump is radioactive | Dick Polman

By: - August 22, 2022

To tweak John Kerry’s famous Vietnam-era quote: How do you ask a lawyer to be the last to die for a mistake?


Don’t be too quick to say no to Uncle Joe | Dick Polman

By: - August 15, 2022

The president's been on a winning streak of late -- never mind what his poll numbers say.


Red-state Kansas sends a message to right-wing theocrats | Dick Polman

By: - August 8, 2022

When high court theocrat Samuel Alito wrote his screed abolishing the constitutional right to an abortion, he insisted – quoting the late rightwing justice Antonin Scalia – that the issue of abortion should be “resolved like most questions in our democracy, by citizens trying to persuade one another and then voting.”


Rupert Murdoch is scraping you-know-who off the sole of his shoe | Dick Polman

By: - August 1, 2022

But before any of us cheers Murdoch’s takedown of Trump, let’s all be careful what we wish for.

Democratic U.S. Senate nominee John Fetterman (L) and Republican U.S. Senate nominee Mehmet Oz (R) Campaign file photos

The GOP’s fringe candidates stoke Democrats’ midterm hopes | Dick Polman

By: - July 25, 2022

Do I detect a faint glimmer of good news?


Willful blindness is no defense when you summon a mob to wreak havoc | Dick Polman

By: - July 18, 2022

It’s gratifying that nearly six in 10 Americans now believe (finally!) that Trump should be criminally charged.


Ireland is more progressive than America about abortion | Dick Polman

By: - July 4, 2022

Compared to America, deeply Catholic Ireland in 2022 is a land of secular enlightenment.

The photo below is of Wandrea ArShaye “Shaye” Moss (L), former Fulton County Georgia election worker comforted by her mother Ruby Freeman (R) as Moss testifies during the fourth hearing on the January 6th investigation.

Here’s what happens when honest private citizens are targeted by fascists | Dick Polman

By: - June 27, 2022

If the cesspool of lies engulfs us, there will be many more such stories. If fascism infests us on a human scale, it will be too late to resist.